Perhaps its often overlooked that the cost for freedom allows all different kinds of expression.
We can choose what to create and how to create.
This is one of the pursuits of happiness that Thomas Jefferson was referring to:
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. ~Thomas Jefferson
The reality is that it took the United States a while to get to the created equal part. As human beings we struggle with the innate responsibility of looking on our fellow man the same way we want to be treated.
But the deeper truth is that freedom is endowed by our Creator.
The most persecuted and imprisoned person still has their imagination.
I hope we never get to that severity in this country, though currently our freedoms are being slowly and quietly stolen.
We must hold on to this hope that we were endowed by our Creator; therefore, we create.
We cannot help but create.
And we must hold on to that creativity, because that is our way out of our problems. A lot of those problems are self-inflicted. A lot of them are the baggage of the ages.
So let's be frank, America's Founding Fathers may not have always lived the truth, but they stated the truth plainly for the whole world to read.
This was truth not from the minds of men, but deeply rooted in how God views us. It is because of the way He views us that we must be responsible with what we create. It is a picture of God, after all.
Wherever you are in your life or part of the world, know this: God has given you inalienable rights, they cannot be stolen, but you must be vigilant to maintain them.
Creativity is the one freedom that is always underused, overlooked, and misunderstood; but it goes without saying that it is a pursuit worth fighting for. When the chips are down: Just Do Something!